Civil Service Exam (CSE): Schedule, Application, and Requirements for March and August 2023

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The Civil Service Exam (CSE) is a crucial step for individuals aspiring to work in the government sector. It is a standardized test designed to assess an individual’s aptitude, knowledge, and skills required for various positions in the civil service.

If you are planning to take the CSE in either March or August 2023, this comprehensive guide will provide you with all the necessary information regarding the exam schedule, application process, and requirements.

Understanding the CSE Schedule

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is responsible for conducting the CSE in the Philippines. The CSC typically offers two exam cycles each year, one in March and another in August. These dates are subject to change, so it is important to stay updated by visiting the official CSC website or other reliable sources.

Currently, the CSC has released the Civil Service Exam – Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) schedule for 2023. The first CSE schedule will take place on March 26, 2023, and the second on August 13, 2023.

The CSE-PPT shall be open to the general public, including employees of various government agencies.

Un-refunded examinees of canceled March 15, 2022, CSE-PPT shall have a particular application period from December 14-21, 2022, to take the March 26, 2023, CSE.

Schedule of Application and Exam

Date of ExamStart of ApplicationDeadline of Application
March 26, 2023Prof Level – December 14, 2022
Subprof Level – December 22, 2022
Prof Level – December 21, 2022
Subprof Level – January 25, 2023
August 13, 2023May 15, 2023June 14, 2023

The application will be on First Come; First Serve basis. Civil Service Commission (CSC) said that applications might close earlier than the deadline if the Regional Offices or the Field Offices have already reached the target number of applicants.

As per CSC, the applications must be personally filed at CSC Regional Office (CSCRO) in which the applicant wish to take the examination.


The Civil Service Examination is open to all Filipinos who want to be eligible and work in local government positions.

CSE-PPT is an eligibility test for professional and subprofessional levels to gauge the examinees’ preparedness to work with the government. Here are the specific qualifications posted by CSC:

  1. Must be Filipino citizen;
  2. Must be of good moral character;
  3. Must have not been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude, or disgraceful or immoral conduct, dishonesty, examination irregularity, drunkenness or addiction to drugs;
  4. Must have not been dishonorably discharged from military service or dismissed for cause from any civilian positions in the government; 
  5. For Career Service Examination applicants:
    • Must be at least 18 years of age on the date of filing of application.
    • Must have not taken the same level of Career Service Examination, regardless of mode, within the last three (3) months before the date of examination.

Take note of the following additional reminders

  • Approval of applications may be recalled any time upon discovery of applicant’s disqualification, for which the examination fees paid shall be forfeited.
  • Applicants holding dual citizenship under R.A. 9225 may apply for and take the examination upon presentation of original and photocopy of Certification of Retention/Reacquisition of Philippine Citizenship from the Bureau of Immigration, and meeting of all the other admission and application requirements for the examination.
  • Applicants with pending administrative and/or criminal cases may take the examination and shall be conferred the eligibility if they successfully pass the same. However, this is without prejudice to the outcome of their pending cases. If they are found guilty, their eligibility shall be forfeited based on the penalties stated in the decision and under existing Civil Service Law and Rules.

Application Requirements

Below are the specific requirements the applicant must comply:

  1. APPLICATION FORM: Fully accomplished application form (CS Form No. 100, Revised 2016). Download the form here. The ‘Signature’ and the ‘Right Thumb mark’ as per CSC shall be left blank as this will be accomplished in the presence of CSC representative/ processor. 
  2. ID PICTURES: Four (4) pieces of ID photos printed in good quality photo paper, Passport size, colored with white background, with handwritten name tag showing the signature over printed full  name format. In the photo studio, just tell that the photo is to be used for Civil Service application, they already know the specifications. Meanwhile, here are the detailed specifications:
    • Taken within the last three (3) months prior to filing of application
    • Philippine passport picture size (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm or 1.78” x 1.38”)
    • Colored, with white background and printed on good quality photo paper
    • Must be in standard close-up shot (from shoulder level up with the head and face occupying at least 80% of the picture and with the name tag positioned at approximately 1 inch or 2.54 cm. below the chin)
    • Must be in bare face (with no eyeglasses, colored contact lens, or any accessories that may cover the facial features (facial features not computer enhanced)
    • Must show the left and right ears
    • Must be taken in full-face view directly facing the camera, with neutral facial expression and both eyes open
    • Must have handwritten (not computer-generated) name tag legibly showing signature over printed full name in the format: First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name, and Extension Name, if any
  3. VALID ID with clear picture and Date of Birth and signature: Original and photocopy of any of the following: Driver’s license, PRC License ID, SSS ID, GSIS ID, Voter’s ID, BIR ID, Philhealth ID, Postal ID, Current company ID, Current School ID, Police Clearance, Barangay ID.
  4. PSA BIRTH CERTIFICATE: if the ID of the applicant doesn’t contain the birth date, he/she shall bring the authenticated birth certificate.
    • For applicants without date of birth in their I.D. card/s, original and photocopy of Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (formerly National Statistics Office) or the Local Civil Registry printed on Security Paper (SecPa).
    • For applicants holding dual citizenship under R.A. 9225, original and photocopy of Certification of Retention/Re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship issued by the Bureau of Immigration.
  5. EXAMINATION FEE: 500 pesos

Examination Coverage

The 2023 CSE-PPT both for Professional and Subprofessional levels covered the following topics:

Professional Level (Prof) – In English and Filipino

  • Numerical Ability (Basic Operations; Word Problems)
  • Analytical Ability (Word Association – identifying assumptions and conclusions; Logic; Data Interpretation)
  • Verbal Ability (Grammar and Correct Usage; Vocabulary; Paragraph Organization; Reading Comprehension)

SubProfessional Level (SubProf) – In English and Filipino

  • Numerical Ability (Basic Operations; Word Problems)
  • Clerical Ability (Filing; Spelling)
  • Verbal Ability (Grammar and Correct Usage; Vocabulary; Paragraph Organization; Reading Comprehension)

The general information items on the following: Philippine Constitution; Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (R.A. 6713); Peace and Human Rights Issues and Concepts; and Environment Management and Protection are also included for both professional and sub-professsional exams.

Number of Exam Items/ Time/ Passing Grade

For the Professional level, 170 items in 3 hours and 10 minutes will be given, while 165 items in 2 hours and 40 minutes for the Sub-Professional group. The Commission advises the applicant to come to the examination center one hour before the test.

The examinee shall obtain an 80.00% general rating to pass the examination.

Preparing for the Exam

To increase your chances of success in the CSE, thorough preparation is essential. Here are some tips to help you get ready:

  1. Understand the exam coverage: Familiarize yourself with the scope and topics covered in the CSE. The CSC provides a comprehensive syllabus on their website, which will guide your preparation.
  2. Review and practice: Use review materials and practice exams specifically designed for the CSE. These resources will help you become familiar with the format and style of questions asked in the exam.
  3. Create a study plan: Set aside dedicated study time and create a study plan that suits your schedule. Breaking down the syllabus into manageable sections and allocating sufficient time to each topic will help you cover all the necessary content.
  4. Join study groups or classes: Consider joining study groups or enrolling in review classes to enhance your preparation. Collaborating with peers and learning from experienced instructors can provide valuable insights and support.
  5. Take mock exams: Practice taking mock exams under simulated exam conditions to build your confidence and improve your time management skills.

Release of Results

CSC is releasing the official list of passers for all regions in the 2023 Civil Service Exam Exam (CSC-PPT) within 60 days after the exams.

CSC advised examinees to directly coordinate with the CSC Regional Office for other concerns like verification of examinee number and further examination result-related matters.


Career Service Professional Eligibility is the second appropriate level for first- and second-level government positions that do not involve the practice of the profession and are not covered by other laws.

Meanwhile, Sub-Professional Eligibility is only appropriate for first-level government positions that do not involve the practice of the profession and are not covered by other laws.

The CSE-PPT examination aims to establish a Register of Eligibles (RoE) from which certification and appointment to first and second-level positions in the civil service, except those involving the practice of the profession and are covered by special laws, shall be made, provided the eligibles meet the qualifications and other requirements of the positions.


The Civil Service Exam (CSE) is a vital step towards a career in the government sector. By understanding the exam schedule, following the application process, meeting the requirements, and preparing diligently, you can maximize your chances of success.

Remember to stay updated with the latest information from the CSC website or reliable sources, as details regarding the exam schedule and requirements are subject to change. Good luck on your journey towards a rewarding career in public service!

Source: PRC


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